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The English Revolution

The English Revolution of 1640-48, in which Oliver Cromwell built the New Model Army, decapitated Charles II and laid the basis for the constitutional monarchy under which the bourgeoisie could develop its industry and trade without the fetters of feudalism

The English Revolution was also the scene of revolutionary struggles by the predecessors of the modern revolutionaries: the Diggers and the Levellers.

The Leveller Petition, September 11 1648.

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Leveller Pamphlet.

England’s New Chains Discovered, Petition of February 26 1649.

An Agreement Of The Free People of England, May 1 1649.

True Levellers Standard Advanced, by Gerrard Winstanley (1649).

“In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason, made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, ... but not one word was spoken in the beginning, That one branch of mankind should rule over another”

The English Revolution, by Christopher Hill 1940

Cromwell and Communism, Eduard Bernstein 1895.